New York Campus - Mandarin Chinese

Students trying Hunan cuisine
  • Learning
Ting Wang, Middle Grades Chinese Teacher

After the mascot designing contest and our persuasive letter project, the 7th grade Wu Ji Xian class moved on to complete a new research project called “ba da cai xi,” or the “eight great regional cuisines in China,” which are Cantonese, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Min, Hunan, Anhui and Lu.

  • 7th Grade
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Upper Division
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Students preparing food for a cooking show assignment
  • Learning
Spencer Baron, Upper Division Chinese Teacher

We began our food unit, as most language classes must when entering the world of food for the first time, with the acquisition of a large body of vocabulary. As a student, food is often an easily accessible unit; everyone eats food, and it can be fun to talk about one’s favorite food and its flavors.

  • 10th Grade
  • 9th Grade
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
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Enjoying yuan xiao, glutinous rice dumplings, for Lantern Festival
  • Learning
Ting Wang, Middle Grades Chinese Teacher

The Lunar New Year holiday reaches its climax with Yuan Xiao (元宵节—yuán xiāo jié), or the Lantern Festival. Our middle grades Chinese classes wrapped up our Lunar New Year festivities by celebrating this holiday.

  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • Lunar New Year
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Upper Division
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Writing calligraphy well-wishes
  • Learning
Ting Wang, Middle Grades Chinese Teacher

The 2019 Lunar New Year (also known as Spring Festival, 春节) took place on February 5. On that day we began saying "goodbye!" to the year of the dog and "hello! " to the year of the pig. Our middle grades Chinese classes had been preparing for a Spring Festival celebration for weeks.

  • Lunar New Year
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Upper Division
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Empathy interviews in Chinese class
  • Learning
Spencer Baron, Upper Division Chinese Teacher

As we moved forward in our Passions unit, having finished our short films documenting our own individual passions in life as a solo project, students broke into small groups and crafted empathy interviews.

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Project-based Learning
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
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The winning team with a drawing and 3D mode of their mascot
  • Learning
Ting Wang, Upper Division Chinese Teacher

At the beginning of this school year, the teachers of the middle grades Mandarin Chinese immersion classes (Wu Ji Xian) announced that a mascot competition would take place to choose our classes’ official mascot of classes for the 2018–19 school year. There would be a fair judging process whereby all the Wu Ji Xian students and teachers would select the winning design from all the submissions

  • 7th Grade
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Project-based Learning
  • Upper Division
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What Can You Do with Five Chinese Classes?
  • Learning
Haiwen Lu, Upper Division Chinese Teacher

Recently, some upper grades students in the Mandarin Chinese track spent their class period interviewing Chinese-speaking teachers. Each of them interviewed two teachers in the building and asked 15 questions. Remarkably, all these students are taking Chinese level one;  they had only attended five Chinese classes before the interviews! How did they accomplish this? By using Pinyin as the tool for the interviews.

  • Language
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
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